Saturday, March 3, 2012

lighthouses rule seahorses 4 ever

I have been thinking about the Australian Street that Rennie Ellis first showcased decades ago.  The written word.  Thrown up to make us laugh, think, unify or get angry.  Or perhaps just there despite us, the creators so disenfranchised that they despise the fact that we notice them at all.  A one way protest.  The written word conjures for me anarchy, doc martens and  HECs debt.  I am not taking the piss, walking past a wall of words transports me to a time when self expression was a physical act that wasn't instantaneously relayed.  Rennie may never have imagined Flickr, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  But I reckon if the hypothesis was raised he might have confidently dismissed them as incapable of conveying the sentiment felt when you walk past a wall of words and read some of them.



Rore said...

thanks for bringing this up, i love this kind of graff and this stuff was the first way to get up back in the day, i have seen a lot of doco's of NY in the late fourties up to the sixties and it was everywhere, as soon as the artists moved in. I remember fitzroy not so long ago used to have so much more also.
It will always be free to word up there in the late night street. And without having to take blame instantaneously or face censorship.
I would love to see more out there and any chance i get i will.
I could write a doctoral thesis on this cause it's so important for any society to have a platform in which anyone, regardless of economic or any other background can have their say.

Anonymous said...

Can you please tell me where you found the 'light houses rule, sea horses 4 ever'? Is it really in fitzroy??

Anonymous said...

Can you please tell me where in Fitzroy you found the 'light houses rule and seahorses 4 ever"??